Erika Mann, Head of EU Policy Brussels, Facebook; ICANN – Board of Directors just finished her presentation on Session 8. We selected a few interesting points she shared.

  • Facebook brings the real life and digital reality together. The origins are a campus model. They wanted to bring a trusted relationship in the world.
  • The lonely child who only has virtual friends is a myth, not reality. According to a recent survey, Facebook, users also know 97% of their friends in reality. 90% have ongoing relationships with the user.
  • The study also discovered that Facebook users have more friends in the reality compared to the average population. These results confirm that Facebook does not have negative impact on real life relationships.

Comfort level with intimacy of course changes from one person to another. Each individual should be able to decide, what to share with whom. In the most recent Facebook version this became simpler to manage.